It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

This past weeks winner:

Lori at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!

Woo another week already!  I am kind of exciting because it was a good week.  I had a nice mix between life and books… work and work outs….

Here’s what happened here:

Winters Bone by Daniel Woodrell (not what I was expecting)

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (SOOOOO good!!!!)

Wine To Water by Doc Hendley with a giveaway copy!!!!  (AMAZING good story!)

This World We Live In By Susan Beth Pfeffer (Oops!  AN audio I listened to in December and for got to review!  :shock:)

Seriously I’m Kidding by Ellen Degenerous (Seriously… I was dissapointed!)

Recommended Audio Listening – Audio Listeners Share Their Best Of The Best In Audio

It was a pretty good week.  I did not get to Cinder yet but will be starting it tonight.  I have so looked forward to reading time lately… and here is what I have coming up this week:


One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.

When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . .

The Thorn and the Blossom
 is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning.

How exciting does this book sound?  I hope to be into it by mid week!




A dysfunctional New England family struggles toward normalcy in this poignant novel from PEN/Hemingway-winner Haigh, who follows the children of resentful, controlling, Paulette and distracted, needy Frank. Even during a childhood in idyllic Cape Cod, there are hints of a rocky future. When that future arrives, Billy, the most successful of the children, keeps a secret about his sophisticated New York life from almost everyone. Scott, formerly the uncontrollable brat of the bunch, sees himself in his own troubled son. Meanwhile, Gwen suffers from a genetic condition that prevents her from developing into womanhood.

This one is for a tour… I have heard good things about author Jennifer Haigh.




Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life. Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go. But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.

This is one from the Debut Authors of 2012 and I am so excited to read this one!




At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren’t exactly compatible elements. So when head cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, the results are bound to be explosive. Neither teen is prepared for the most surprising chemical reaction of all — love. Can they break through the stereotypes and misconceptions that threaten to keep them apart? Travel to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

I have wanted to read this ever since I met Simone Elkeles in New York in 2010!




After years of wandering from whim to whim, thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche. The free spirit enjoys running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of her land on the family’s seaside compound to get Charlotte started. Though Charlotte’s skill with plants is bringing her success, cultivating something deeper with people-particulary her handsome neighbor Coop-might be more of a challenge.Nona’s generosity to Charlotte, secretly her favorite grandchild, doesn’t sit well with the rest of the Wheelwright clan, however, as they worry that Charlotte may be positioning herself to inherit the entire estate. With summer upon them, everyone is making their annual pilgrimage to the homestead-some with hopes of thwarting Charlotte’s dreams, others in anticipation of Nona’s latest pronouncements at the annual family meeting, and still others with surprising news of their own. Charlotte’s mother, Helen, a Wheelwright by marriage, brings a heavy heart. She once set aside her own ambitions to fit in with the Wheelwrights, but now she must confront a betrayal that threatens both her sense of place and her sense of self.As summer progresses, these three women-Charlotte, Nona, and Helen-come to terms with the decisons they have made. Revisiting the lives and loves that have crossed their paths and the possibilities of the the roads not taken, they may just discover that what they’ve always sought out was right in front of them all along.

One of my favorite all time reads is called Summer House (Jude Deveroux) and since then the title always sparks up visions of friends and get aways, giggles, and magical moments.  I read any book I find with this title.


There’s my week – it probably looks HUGE.  It does look huge doesn’t it?  But really – The Thorn and The Blossom looks small and so does Never Eighteen.  The audio books are replacing two I have ending so  may not finish them this week, but I am starting them…. and probably a third too…  😀

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77 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Looks to me like you had a busy but good week. Glad Ellen was funny even if not what you expected. The Thorn and the Blossom sounds very interesting! Enjoy all of your reading.

  2. I’m glad to hear that you liked The Future of Us. I am curious to find out what you think of Never Eighteen. I’ve heard good things about it. Summer House looks perfect for this time of year. I long for warmer weather.

    Have a great week! I hope you enjoy Cinder whenever you do get to read it.

  3. How do you not confuse yourself when listening to different audio books all the time? Inquirinf minds want to know. LOL!

    1. You are not the first to ask that Millie 🙂 AND…. I don’t know. It just works for me. BUT it one gets really really good… then it follows me to the other places I listen – thus trumping the other two until it is over. 😀

  4. Can’t wait to read your thought on The Condition. It’s very different but interesting. I still remember this book, in detail. Haigh is a beautiful writer.

    I think I read Summer House, it sounds familiar.

    Have a great day since we will chat tomorrow about fitness 🙂

  5. Linking up early again this week,this gives me more time to visit on Mondays. Summer House is on by lengthy wish list 🙂

    I am shocked to win this week! Thank you so much!!!

  6. All your books this week sound great. I’m reading Never Eighteen too, probably going to need tissues! Off to check out your review of The Future Of Us. I’m certainly a fan of Jay Asher’s writing after reading 13 Reasons Why.
    Have a great week Sheila and happy reading 🙂

  7. Oh man, This World We Live In was a difficult read for me – It was interesting, interesting and scary all at the same time. Cause….what if?

    As usual, you have quite a mix going on there. I has quite a reading zone going on the last few days. Read so much, I ended up having to use my reading glasses (which I hardly have to use – or rather, which I hardly make myself use!, lol)

  8. Hi, Sheila –

    Just a heads up – I have not been able to access your Linky list this morning. When I click the link, it takes about 10 minutes to load the page…and when it finally does, there is nothing there except the link to come back. So, I haven’t been able to enter my links yet. I guess I will try again later.

    Looks like a great reading week for you! I just love all of Jennifer Haigh’s books! My favorite was Baker Towers, but I enjoyed The Condition, too – she is good at writing about families and relationships.

    I just heard a fabulous review of The Thorn and The Blossom last night on my favorite book podcast, Books on the Nightstand. It sounds unique and wonderful (and, yes, very short!).

    Enjoy your books this week!


  9. FYI – Linky list is still not working. I think I successfully entered one link (not sure since I can’t get the list to load), but still having the same problems – page won’t load.

    I will keep trying!


  10. I am so far behind on my reviews! I really liked The Future of Us as well. I was a bit surprised at how much criticism I read about it. I am so glad I decided to ignore the nay sayers.

  11. I think you might like A Winter’s Bone better as a movie. What I liked about it the most was how much it really felt like Missouri in the winter.

    I made 10 comments today!

  12. They all look incredible but The Thorn and the Blossom’s cover would compel me to pick it up first.

    My reads this week are all ebooks of self-published authors. Three of them for blog tours in which I’ll be hosting giveaways.

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